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The week that was in racing, May 9-15, 2016

Michael Amoruso
Wake Forest wins Man o' War Stakes

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Brown runs 1-2 in Man o’ War

Chad Brown trained 33 percent of the nine-horse field in Saturday’s Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park; he trained 100 percent of the exacta. Wake Forest, the 2-1 favorite, ran down 18-1 longshot Money Multiplier in deep stretch. The win was the first in North America for the 6-year-old Wake Forest, who had tallied two Group 3 wins in Germany.

Unified stays perfect

As expected, Unified won the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday as the odds-on favorite, running his lifetime record to 3 for 3. Jimmy Jerkens, Unified’s trainer, wasn’t enthusiastic about running the colt 1 1/2 miles in the Belmont Stakes for his next start, but he didn’t rule it out either.

Cavorting back to winning ways

Grade 1 winner Cavorting hadn’t won since last August at Saratoga, despite being favored in each of her next three starts, leaving some to think that her best days were behind her. On Saturday, in the Grade 2 Ruffian Stakes at Belmont, she laid those doubts to rest with a convincing five-length win.

Graded stakes around the country

Strike Charmer is now a two-time Grade 3 winner as she overtook Tapitry in the stretch and pulled clear to an impressive victory in the Beaugay Stakes at Belmont on Saturday. At Woodbine, longshot Thatlookonyerface surged late to win the Saturday’s Grade 3 Marine Stakes. On Sunday, Gamble’s Ghost stamped herself as the probable favorite for the June 12 Woodbine Oaks with a hard-fought win over Caren in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes.

Nyquist gearing up for Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been at Pimlico since last Monday, and he’s been looking good in the mornings. While Nyquist had his share of doubters heading into the Derby, some have been convinced by the way he won in Kentucky. This Saturday, he’ll face Exaggerator plus as many as eight other new rivals in the Preakness.

reporting by Ron Gierkink, David Grening, Mike Hogan, and Mike Welsch